Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Daily Headlines: March 20, 2012

Ejercito Mexicano
* Latin America: According to a report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute global arms imports increased between 2007 and 2011 including an 11% boost in the Americas.

* Mexico: Gunmen killed twelve policemen investigating the deaths of ten beheaded people, while the Knights Templar drug gang called for a ceasefire during next week’s visit from Pope Benedict XVI to Mexico.

* Venezuela: President Hugo Chavez claimed that intelligence officials received information pertaining to a supposed assassination plot against rival candidate Henrique Capriles.

* Uruguay: Prosecutors said they have received additional reports of “suspicious deaths” possibly committed by a pair of nurses already charged with sixteen “mercy” patient killings.

Image Source – Flickr via Christian Frausto Bernal (Troops participating in the bicentennial Mexican Independence Day parade the town of Tepic). (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Online Sources- Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, Bernama, NPR, IOL, Bloomberg

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